Damage from East Oahu fire tops $2 million with rare, original artwork destroyed


The Honolulu Fire Department says the damage estimate from a two-alarm fire in East Oahu is topping $2 million.

The fire was initially reported just after 4:30 p.m. Sunday from a home on Kalaniwai Place, behind Kalani High School.

Crews arrived to find heavy white smoke emanating from a home. By the time the fire was declared under control at 6:22 p.m., it had damaged a total of six homes.

Fire officials say the damage estimate for the original home was the greatest by far at $400,000 to the structure and more than $1.26 million to the contents, which included rare and original artwork.

Due to the extend of the damage, officials say the cause is undetermined. However, they did confirm the blaze was not intentionally set.

Officials say the fire spread quickly because the homes were close to each other and had wood shake roofing.

Three people lived in the original home, but they were not home when the fire broke out.

They are currently being assisted by the American Red Cross.

No one was hurt.

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